Lithuania

  • Osi Vows to Pursue Deportation Despite Setback from Lithuania

    Lithuania’s decision not to prosecute a man the United States wants to deport for his alleged involvement in Nazi war crimes has drawn fire from U.S. government officials and Jewish leaders. Although officials say the move will not stop deportation proceedings against Aleksandras Lileikis, of Norwood, Mass., it will hinder the government’s ability to expedite… More ▸

  • Yad Vashem to Honor Parents of the President of Lithuania

    The parents of the president of Lithuania will soon be honored as Righteous Gentiles for their efforts to rescue Jews during World War II, officials at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial here announced over the weekend. Lithuanian President Adolphas Slezevicius’ parents, Vladas and Ursula, hid five Jews in their home for three months during 1942…. More ▸

  • Osi Moves to Revoke Citizenship of Two Alleged Lithuanian Nazis

    The U.S. Justice Department is seeking to revoke the citizenship of two former Lithuanian nationals who allegedly participated in Nazi-sponsored acts during World War II. The first complaint was filed Dec. 7 in U.S. District Court in Cleveland against Algimantas Dailide of Brecksville, Ohio. The complaint alleges that the 73-year-old real estate agent served in… More ▸

  • Osi Files Suits to Revoke Citizenship of 2 Accused of War Crimes in Lithuania

    The U.S. Justice Department has filed suits to revoke the citizenship of two men accused of war crimes in Lithuania during World War II. One of the men, Aleksandras Lileikis of Norwood, Mass., is accused of having been the chief of the Lithuanian version of the Gestapo, which was responsible for particularly brutal atrocities against… More ▸

  • Lithuania Canceling Pardons of Six World War Ii Criminals

    Responding to an outcry from Jewish groups, the Lithuanian government has reversed the rehabilitation of six former prisoners who collaborated with the Nazis during the Holocaust, the Simon Wiesenthal Center reported. The six names were submitted last year by the Wiesenthal Center and other Jewish groups to Lithuanian officials after it was made known that… More ▸

  • Member of Lithuanian Killing Unit Deported to Vilnius Under New Accord

    A former resident of Florida who was a member of a Lithuanian killing unit during World War II was deported Tuesday to Lithuania. The expulsion of Antanas Mineikis was carried out in accordance with a deportation order issued in August against the former resident of Gulfport, near St. Petersburg. His U.S. citizenship had been revoked… More ▸

  • Osi Charges Philadelphia Architect Killed Lithuanian Jews During War

    The Justice Department has charged a retired Philadelphia area architect with having been a high-ranking officer who helped Nazis murder Lithuanian Jews and others during World War II, and said he lied about his past when he applied for a U.S. visa and for his American citizenship. The Office of Special Investigations, the Justice Department’s… More ▸

  • Lithuanian War Eyewitnesses Refuse to Testify in Nazi Cases

    The demise of the Soviet Union is thwarting efforts to bring suspected Nazi war criminals to justice in Australia, a war crimes investigator has charged. More than 12 cases against alleged war criminals living in Australia have had to be abandoned because Lithuanian witnesses have refused to cooperate with Australian investigators, according to Graham Blewitt,… More ▸

  • Lithuanian Collaborator Dies Before the U.S. Can Deport Him

    The wartime mayor of Kaunas (Kovno), Lithuania, who had been stripped of his U.S. citizenship and was facing deportation for lying about his past, died last week in Florida. Kacys Palciauskas died Jan. 7 of a stroke after being hospitalized for Alzheimer’s disease, shingles and diabetes. Palciauskas was living near St. Petersburg, Fla., while the… More ▸

  • Lithuania Will Set Up a Panel to Resolve Rehabilitation Issue

    Lithuanian President Vytautas Landsbergis has agreed to set up a commission to resolve charges that his government exonerated war criminals involved in atrocities against Jews during World War II. Landsbergis told American Jewish communal leaders here Thursday that his government is working to determine which cases should not have been rehabilitated in the mass amnesty…. More ▸